The Handmaid's Tale star Yvonne Strahovski "loathes" Serena over her actions

Sometimes, as an actor, you’ve got to play a character you really, really disagree with, without letting that shine through in the performance.

It sounds pretty challenging to us, but it’s paid off for Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Serena Joy in the unrelentingly bleak The Handmaid’s Tale. The star has been nominated for an Emmy award for her role, which she admits is a character she “loathes” but also loves exploring.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress said: “[Season two] allowed me to deep dive into her emotional psyche and vulnerability. And to break down the iciness that we had seen in season one.

“It was so confronting on so many different layers. Ultimately I’m on Team Audience who loathes her and wants her to be a better person.”

Due to her pregnancy, she is unsure whether she will attend the main Emmys night, but with the show garnering 20 different nominations this year, she hopes that she’ll be able to go.

The actress recently called out a rape scene that was written, which her and actor Joseph Fiennes refused to film.

“Joe and I talk a lot about our dynamic as the Commander and Serena… It seemed like it was going to be a bit too much if he had forced Serena to have sex with him in the hotel in Canada.”

The Handmaid’s Tale airs on Hulu in the US. Channel 4 airs the show in the UK.

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